A-State rolls past GSU

Pictured is Grambling freshman running back Chance Williams hitting a hole during Saturday’s loss at Arkansas State (Photo courtesy of GSU Athletics Communications.

By T. Scott Boatright

 

JONESBORO, Ark. — It couldn’t have been the start first-year Grambling football coach Hue Jackson envisioned.

Growing pains for the young G-Men were evident Saturday evening as Arkansas State cruised to a 58-3 win over Grambling State at Centennial Bank Stadium.

It ended almost as fast as it started for GSU. 

The Red Wolves took the opening kickoff and marched 70 yards in nine plays, converting on a fourth time to set up a 29-yard scoring strike from ASU quarterback James Blackman to Champ Flemings  that put Grambling down 7-0 only 4:03 into the contest.

Arkansas State was just getting started.

After forcing a GSU punt the Red Wolves drove 50 yards on five plays with Blackman hitting Seydou Traore on a 13-yard touchdown pass that stretched ASU’s advantage to 14-0.

Grambling’s fortunes continued to spiral from there, with the Red Wolves building a 16-0 by the end of the opening stanza thanks to a safety ASU record when John Mince sacked GSU quarterback Chance Amie in the end zone.

By halftime, Arkansas State led 30-0.

Grambling’s lone score was aided by penalties — two roughing the passer calls along with a late hit penalty called against the Tigers culminating with a 30-yard Garrett Urban field goal.

The G-Men entered the contest without naming a starting quarterback, and they might not have one yet. JC transfer Quaterius Hawkins  started behind center for GSU and completed 3-of -7 passes for 46 yards before giving way to true freshman Julian Calvez, who managed only one completion in 10 attempts, with the reception going for 12 yards. Junior transfer Chance Amie from Syracuse attempted only one pass.

Arkansas State put the Tigers away early in the third quarter, with Blackman scoring on a two-yard quarterback keeper to complete a nine-play, 64-yard drive as the Red Wolves extended the lead to 37-0.

The Red Wolves held Grambling’s offense in check throughout the game, holding the Tigers to 102 total yards and only nine first downs.

Freshman running back Floyd Chalk led the Tigers with 33  yards on seven carries while fellow freshman  Chance “Lamborgini” Williams added 30 rushing yards on eight carries while also hauling in a 34-yard reception. 

Blackman completed 15 of 20 pass attempts  for 210 yards and a pair of scores while adding 11 yards on two carries, with both going for touchdowns.

Grambling (0-1) returns to action at 6 p.m. Saturday against Northwestern State at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.

 
 


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